DIY: Embroidery Hoop Escort Card Display

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We love using embroidery hoops for fun decor ideas and today we are sharing an easy DIY from Going Lovely for your escort card display. I love that you can style this one to fit your wedding palette with fabrics that you love in your colors. So fun!

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What You’ll Need:
Embroidery hoops in various sizes (we got ours here)
Fabric of your choice (we got ours herehere, and here)
Gold paint + paintbrush (optional)
Scissors
Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
Cardboard
Cork roll

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1. This first step is optional. We painted the embroidery hoops with gold paint to give it a more finished and glam look.

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2. Pop out the inner circle from your embroidery hoop and trace the inside on your piece of cardboard and cut out the circle. Repeat with your piece of cork.

3. After you cut out the cardboard and cork circles, glue the individual pieces together.

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4. Place the embroidery hoop on top of your fabric and trace a circle around it that is a bit larger than the diameter of the hoop (about 1″ or so) and cut it out.

5. Flip the fabric so that it is right side down. Place the hoop on top of the fabric and hot glue it to the inside of the hoop. Make sure to pull the fabric tightly so that there are no wrinkles.

6. Hot glue your cardboard + cork circle to the back of the embroidery hoop. This will create a surface for you to securely pin your table assignment cards to.

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7. Slip the outside circle of the embroidery hoop over the inner circle to finish it off and hide the glued edges.

We chose to hang ours in front of a simple muslin backdrop but these would also look great hanging from a tree or on a wall!

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We’d love to see if you make one of our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

DIY created by Going Lovely exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Looking for creative event design + coordination? Check out San Francisco based Going Lovely for your wedding day! Big thanks also to Hannah Suh for the photography and to Hen & Co. for the lovely paper goods!




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Romantic Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

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Inspired by the moodiness of the changing season, the team behind today’s romantic styled shoot wanted to create an editorial with a new-age feminine feel juxtaposed with soft, elegant florals and details. Planned + designed by Emily Allen of Cakewalk Bake Shop and captured beautifully by Apryl Ann Photography, you’ll find there is definitely no shortage of inspiration or ideas to incorporate into your own wedding or celebration! From the perfect boho fashion curated by Lindsey Zamora to the ah-mazing floral installations by The Southern Table, I’m madly in love with every last detail and I’m sure you will be, too!

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Loving all their gorgeous shoes! Speaking of shoes, have you checked out the shoes in The GWS Shop? We just added a bunch of lovely new pairs!

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The botanical-inspired paper goods by Blue Eye Brown Eye are so super pretty + such a great compliment to the vibe of the shoot!

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changing seasons bride

changing seasons bride


And I’m pretty crazy about this king protea + vine garland. It would make such a cool ceremony backdrop!

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The unruly hair + makeup by Beauty and the Blush is a really fun way to give the shoot a high fashion feel. Are there any bold + daring brides out there inspired to try a similar look for your big day?

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lace sleeved wedding dress

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And if you love this incredible flower wall as much as we do, read on to learn how to get the look:

From The Southern TableThe ideal would be to use very hearty blooms that will hold up without being in water. Since our wall was not up long, I was able to use some more delicate blooms (like roses + stock). For brides creating a wedding background, go for blooms like carnations, thistle, strawflower, delphinium, poms. Mixing these with greenery, like in the shoot, will add more color and texture. Here we used salal and plumosa.

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botanical wall

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Cakewalk Bake Shop whipped up some yummy-looking cakes + treats for the dessert table and the bits of florals + greenery add the perfect dose of pretty!

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Big thanks to the talented creatives below for sharing this romantic bohemian wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Apryl Ann Photography // planning + design: Emily Allen of Cakewalk Bake Shop // venue: 3825 S Bowen Dallas, Texas // florals: The Southern Table // styling + fashion: Lindsey Zamora // hair + makeup: Beauty and the Blush // paper + calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye // cakes + desserts: Cakewalk Bake Shop // lauren’s outfit: cream dress – ASOS, lace cape – BHLDN, headpiece – stylist’s own // carah’s outfit: white v-neck dress – Free People, hairpiece – ASOS // annabeth’s outfit: white midi dress – ASOS, hairpiece - Urban Outfitters // other dresses: Urban OutfittersFree PeopleASOS and BHLDN // shoes: DSW

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California Fall Wedding: Kaitlyn + Chad

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Happy Monday, lovelies! We can’t think of a better way to start the week than with Kaitlyn + Chad’s beautiful fall wedding, held at a private family ranch, tucked away in the hills of California’s Santa Ynez Valley. After years of a long distance, bi-coastal romance, Kaitlyn + Chad wanted to celebrate the start of their future together with a fun celebration, filled with meaningful moments + details that were significant to them and their love story. TOAST Santa Barbara knocked it out of the park with the beautiful florals + event design, which perfectly captured the spirit of autumn. Lots of great inspiration for those of you planning a fall wedding – or even looking for some fun details to incorporate into your Thanksgiving tablescape! Here’s a bit more about the day from Kaitlyn:

As a Boston girl living on the West Coast, I wanted a wedding that transported my East Coast sensibilities to the quintessential California setting of the Santa Ynez Valley. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Chad’s uncle, we were able to turn the blank canvas of his historic ranch into a day that simply captured our hearts. We kept things East Coast with gold-plated silverware and it’s best fall colors of red, brown, and yellows; but the bridesmaids wore cowboy boots and the boys kept it California cool in black suits and RayBans.

Thanks so much to Daniel Kiyoi for sharing Kaitlyn + Chad’s beautiful wedding with us today + big congrats to the newlyweds!

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Such a perfect fall bouquet, right?!

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And loving these cute photos of the bridal party on their bikes! :)

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Kaitlyn designed her dress herself + it was made by the bridal atelier, Jinza. Her beautiful headband is from Anthropologie. Majorly adore her look!

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bride and groom

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To reach the ceremony, our guests followed a path covered by oaks, and across a stream into a small clearing where they could mingle over lavender lemonade (lavender being the first flower Chad ever gave me). Chad, his dad, and my dad spent a summer of weekends preparing the property, even building a rustic bridge over the stream. And since we were the first couple to get hitched on the land in living memory, we were able to plan all the details, right down to how the guests moved from one stage of the night to the next, like scenes from a movie. Once up a small hill (and through vintage doors that Chad and our dads built), the guests could finally see the full venue tucked into the gold between the oaks. Not a road or a power line was in sight. The valley was ours.

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outdoor ceremony

After we said our vows beneath two giant and tangled trees, we took a moment to plant a small oak together, our first act as husband and wife. It was one of the most poignant parts of the whole day, and perfectly encapsulated our relationship of finally putting down roots together.

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Processional: Bridesmaids: Emer’s Dream (Aisling Eimear) – Colm Mac Con Iomaire; Bride: So You Are To Me – Eastmountainsouth

Recessional: Hey Ho – The Lumineers

First Dance: I’m Yours –Jason Mraz (performed by two of the groomsmen)

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wedding drinks

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bride and groom


If you are able, we highly recommend sneaking away with your photographer for a few minutes at sundown to capture a few more portraits together. It’s so nice to take a five-minute breather and just enjoy being newlyweds! And as Kaitlyn adds, There was nothing more special or fulfilling than to stand there with my husband and to look out over a valley of friends and the setting sun.

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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Be sure to take a peek at their beautiful wedding video, captured by Long Neck Giraffe Weddings and for those of you on the fence about whether or not to hire a videographer, check out Kailyn + Chad’s advice below…

Get a videographer. Best money you can spend -- there’s nothing better than to be able to sit back and watch that incredible day that was such a blur.

photography: Daniel Kiyoi // venue: Rancho Nuevo Tinaquiac Santa Maria, California (private property) // event planning, design + florals: TOAST Santa Barbara // wedding dress: (designed by the bride) made by Jinza // hairpieces: Anthropologie // shoes: Steve Madden // bridesmaid dresses: various // hair + makeup: Allure Salon, Cristin Holmsen // groom suit: J.Crew // videography: Long Neck Giraffe Weddings // paper goods: Arboreal Paper // catering: Seasons Catering // cake: Enjoy Cupcakes // music: Gavin Roy, Gavin Roy Presents

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